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New IEA Wind Task - Update

2017-03-29

Back in December, I wrote about the proposal for a new IEA Task on Quiet Wind Turbine Technology. It was approved by the IEA Wind ExCo at ExCo 78 in Brussels on December 1st 2016. The new task has several confirmed participants from leading organisations with others in discussions to join.

The approved proposal can be found here.

The task has not yet started; we had been seeking funds and resources to put behind the work at Trinity. I will post a further update. In the meantime, please contact your local IEA Wind ExCo representative. You can also email me.

New IEA Wind Task

2016-12-15

Our proposal for a new IEA Task on Quiet Wind Turbine Technology was approved by the IEA Wind ExCo at ExCo 78 in Brussels on December 1st 2016. As of December 2016, the new task has several confirmed participants from leading organisations in Ireland, Denmark and Sweden, with many others in discussions to join. The aim is to start work in early 2017.

To get involved, first of all read:

And then please get in touch with me, your local IEA Wind delegate or the IEA Wind Secretariat directly. The more countries involved, the lower the cost to each and the more representative the resulting work.

We will follow up in early January with potential participants. The next step is to create a more detailed work plan for the first year and arrange a kick-off meeting to formally start the project.

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Small Wind Turbines 2016

2016-09-16

My presentations about an AI-inspired control system and, at the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, about the future of small-scale wind energy are both online at the conference website. Thanks again to Kurt and the organisers at Technikum Wien.

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IEA Wind in Lisbon - May 11th 2016

2016-05-07

I’ll be in Lisbon on May 11th to update the IEA Wind executive committee about progress towards establishing a new task around quiet wind turbine technology. We plan to pull together an international expert panel to:

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Tools for SEAI Wind Mapping System

2016-04-20

A couple of weeks back, I gave a talk at the Irish Energy Show about a Python-based toolset that we’ve been developing for the Irish wind map. The system’s nicknamed WindRosie, after its first function, to draw wind roses based on the wind map data.

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SEAI Energy Show - April 6th/7th 2016

2016-02-19

I’m speaking at this year’s SEAI Energy Show. There will be a session on Ireland’s contribution to the work of the International Energy Agency (IEA); this will feature presentations about Irish contributions to the IEA’s wind energy research work. On April 7th at 3.45pm, I’ll give a talk on some of the new tools that we’re developing for the Irish Wind Atlas, including our Python-based wind rose generator (Windrosie). Some of these are at beta stage. More information at the Energy Show website.

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